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Teaching VCE English Language – Beginners

VCE English Language BeginnnersFor teachers who will be teaching VCE English Language for the first time in 2019, or with only a little experience in the subject, this course will equip you with all the knowledge, ideas and resources you’ll need.

There are separate groups for Units 1&2 and Units 3&4 running concurrently, presented by experienced VCE English Language teachers and linguists. Choose one stream to follow.

The program consists of 14 hours of instruction over two full days and two afternoons, timed perfectly to help you prepare coursework and assessment tasks for each Unit.

Cost for the full program is $690 including GST.

Venue: Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill, 3128.

Date Time Units 1&2 Units 3&4
Friday 8th February    8.45- 9.15 Registration
9.15-10.30 Metalanguage and subsystems basics
10.30-10.45 Morning tea
10.45-12.45 Unit 1, AOS 1 Unit 3, AOS 1
12.45-1.30 Lunch
1.30- 3.30 Unit 1, AOS 2 Unit 3, AOS 2
Wednesday 27th February 1.15-1.30 Registration and afternoon tea 
1.30-3.30 SACs and exam Unit 1 SAC and exam Unit 3
Date Time Units 1&2 Units 3&4
Tuesday 19th March    8.45- 9.15 Registration
9.15-10.30 More metalanguage and grammar
10.30-10.45 Morning tea
10.45-12.45 Unit 2, AOS 1 Unit 4, AOS 1
12.45-1.30 Lunch
1.30- 3.30 Unit 2, AOS 2 Unit 4, AOS 2
Monday 29th April 1.15-1.30 Registration and afternoon tea 
1.30-3.30 SACs and exam Units 2 SACs and VCAA exam



Alicia ArnoldAlicia Arnold

Alicia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics major) and a Master of Teaching from the University of Melbourne. She completed the Master of Teaching with a research thesis looking at how functional grammar is embedded within the Victorian Curriculum and the processes that see this re-contextualised in teacher practice. Her passion for English Language began when she studied it in her own VCE. She is the current English Domain Leader at Box Hill High School and teaches VCE English Language.

Alicia also has a special interest in EAL and has worked in conjunction with the University of Melbourne to study the way students use translation and study skill processes in class to find ways that this can be incorporated into pedagogy to better support EAL learner needs.

Nicole BiggelaarNicole Biggelaar

Nicole is an English Language teacher at Mater Christi College and assessor for BooBook Education. Having marked the last four VCAA English Language examinations as well as 350+ practice exams in 2016 alone, she has an excellent understanding of the examination criteria as well as the common strengths and weaknesses of Unit 3&4 students.

Nicole is particularly interested in developing student confidence with regard to writing skills.

Luke FrancisLuke A Francis

Luke has been teaching English Language since 2007, having majored in linguistics in his undergraduate degree. Since then, he has worked extensively with teachers across the state of Victoria in the development and refinement of English Language courses. He has presented at numerous conferences, seminars and the English Language Mini Method course, in addition to having authored practice examinations and VATE’s Inside Language for Units 1 and 2.

Luke taught from 2006-2009 at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, where he started up their English Language program. He is now Assistant Principal at The Mac Robertson Girls’ High School, where he has been teaching English Language since 2011.

Jonathon LumJonathon Lum

Jonathon is a lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the complex relationships between language, culture, cognition and the environment. His PhD thesis, ‘Frames of spatial reference in Dhivehi language and cognition’, explored how an atoll environment shapes the ways people give directions and refer to locations around them.

Jonathon has worked for many years as a VCE English Language tutor, and has also been involved in presenting revision lectures and in preparing study materials and practice exams for the subject.

Siegrid FischerSiegrid Fischer

Siegrid holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University. She is a Senior Engagement Leader at Box Hill High School. She has previously held the post of English Domain Leader and currently teaches both VCE English and VCE English Language. She first happened upon the subject of English Language when teaching the GCSE in the UK. Upon her return to Australia, she was delighted to find it existed as a VCE subject and immediately volunteered to teach it.

Siegrid has taught Units 1/2 and 3/4 for the last 6 years. Siegrid is currently studying her Masters of Education at the University of Melbourne.


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